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When it is time to lay the first egg, the female hornbill enters the chosen nest-cavity and does not step out into daylight again, for as much as 75 days later. This is one of the most fascinating marvels , which provides the Indian Grey hornbill a fair chance both against predation and for successful annual procreation of its speciesThe female is now completely a prisoner and is solely dependent on the male for her daily intake of food. The male rises to the occasion with uncommon devotion as he carries food to the nest at an average once every hour from dawn to dusk.